Free Rocks and Minerals Packet
We wrapped our chemistry unit and spent a few weeks on vertebrates and invertebrates. It was time to tackle a new unit on rocks and minerals. I’m using a science textbook as a spine for my preschooler; the next unit in her books was on rocks, minerals and natural resources. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted for ED, so I created a new unit on rocks and minerals myself. This time around I especially wanted to cover how rocks and minerals are used.
We’ve studied earth science before (see the pictures in the right side bar where we showed how mountains are formed and showed plate movement). I wanted to come at this unit from a different angle so we’d all learn something new.
This unit goes over some basic vocabulary, but since ED doesn’t read yet, I limited what she had to write to tracing. (I made a second set that has fill-in-the-blanks for the other two, starting on p. 14. They’ll quickly go through these sheets as well and will add them to their science notebooks.)
This packet covers how rocks have been used (for walls, buildings, roads, etc.) and some famous rock landmarks (Uluru, Arches, the Rock of Gibraltar, among others). It covers some basic facts about rocks and explores how we use minerals in our environment. It also goes into mining and recycling as these are two topics we haven’t covered in earth science. Finally, the packet covers the months and birthstones. I also made some Montessori-type cards for ED. I’ll share those in a few days.
As always, it’s free for you to download if you think it’ll be of some use for your child or students. I make these materials for my own kids, but am always so grateful to others who have shared their work with us. If you do download it, I’d love to hear from you either here or over at my Facebook page.
This is 26 pages. Pages 1-13 are for younger kids (preK or K); pages 14-26 are better suited to older kids.
We started the unit off reading a few easy-reader type books about rocks for ED.
Then we filled out the first few pages of the packet. Below the kids are filling out the page on what rocks are used for (roads, walls, statues, buildings, etc.):
Meanwhile, DD and LD are also reading through the new Geology student textbook from Real Science 4 Kids. It was just published in December.
We read the first chapter about what geologists do and then we spent time outside doing our own geological exploration! (Any excuse to spend time outdoors, right?!)The kids came in with a bagful of rocks. They dried them off and spent quite a bit of time just observing their samples. We’ll use their rocks in another few days after we talk in more depth about the different types of rocks. Above DD was showing me how the rock she collected flaked into small bits.
We continued on with a discussion of the three types of rocks and some (yummy) activities, but I’ll save those activities and that download for another day.
You may also be interested in the free 3-part Montessori cards I made of Famous Rocks Around the World. I shared those in another post:
I shared some of our hands-on activities in these related posts (or go to the categories button in the right sidebar and select Rocks and Minerals to see all the activities we did):
- Three Types of Rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rock Packet - the kids loved these activities because they involved chocolate!!
- Igneous Rock Activities
- Sedimentary Rock Activities
- Sedimentary Rock Activity (much older post, using sand)
- Metamorphic Rock Activities
- Metamorphic Rock Activity (another older post, where we took “core samples,” excavated and examined this baked rock — a cupcake!)
- Minerals: Our Hands-On Activities and Seeing the BIGGEST Diamond in the World
- Earth-Space Science: Topographic Maps
If you are interested in catching up on some of our other activities, you might want to check out the Homeschool Den Facebook Page. I post a quick synopsis of each post so it’s an easy way to browse through things you may have missed. I share a lot of the materials I make for the kids — everything from science and history sheets and packets to some generic grammar worksheets. They’re all free.
If you found any of this useful, I’d love to hear from you! ~Liesl
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